Libertarians, Conservatives, and Ann Coulter

I was going to resist posting this aggravating video-gone-viral today, but I’ve decided to spread the aggravation around. If I got stuck hearing Ann Coulter speak as if she knows about libertarians and war, then you must too.

John Stossel hosts a show once a year at the International Students for Liberty Conference in Washington, DC. This year he brought on Ann Coulter to, I guess, demonstrate the difference between conservatives and libertarians.

Any human being who starts off a conversation declaring “I’m for Iraq,” has lost all credibility among the rest of us with brains. So, leave aside the ignorant poison she tries to pass off as a point of view.

The video is better for ridicule than for engaging in substantively. But Coulter did, as I presume Stossel intended, crystallize what distinguishes conservatives in general from libertarians (in general). Conservatives perceive other governments and forces as the greatest threat to Americans’ liberty and security, whereas I believe that my own government is the greatest threat to my personal liberty and security.

The establishment left does have an inordinate level of faith and confidence in their own government to regulate markets and organize social programs for the good of the whole. Coulter seems to think so too (although I doubt she’d consider the ubiquitous corporate welfare the wrong kind of government intervention). But people like Coulter are guilty of the same inordinate faith in the realm of foreign policy. The state is equally incompetent, dishonest, and nefarious in that realm as it is in the first one. Most conservatives (with notable exceptions) can’t see that.

Read Nick Gillespie for more on the libertarian reaction to Coulter.

7 thoughts on “Libertarians, Conservatives, and Ann Coulter”

  1. Conservatives are good at putting up a false opposition to liberal statism, when in reality they're only against statism when they're not in power. It doesn't matter which flavor of conservative statism whether it's neoconservative statism or paleoconservative statism.

    To quote Lew Rockwell

    "What does conservatism today stand for? It stands for war. It stands for power. It stands for spying, jailing without trial, torture, counterfeiting without limit, and lying from morning to night. There comes a time in the life of every believer in freedom when he must declare, without any hesitation, to have no attachment to the idea of conservatism."

    or if you want something more simpler

    "Conservatism is just pro-war socialism"

    – Anthony Gregory

    In my view libertarians have wasted enough time of trying to work conservatives. Ron Paul's presidential campaigns should've been a wake up call on how libertarians are viewed in the conservative movement. Libertarians dont need conservatives to advance liberty.

    Adam Kokesh put out a nice video on calling out conservatives hypocrites who opposed gun control but support the government jackboot in other areas

  2. I had to laugh when Ann said why don't libertarians ever talk about getting rid of the Dept of Education, Dept of Commerce etc .instead of ending the drug war. Well if I recall when Ron Paul was running theses were at the top of his list of government agencies to get rid of, along with ending the Drug War but I don't recall Ann giving her endorsement to him. It looks to me like the conservatives are the ones with the problem.

  3. I almost watched this video but I don't think I can tolerate listening to & watching Ann Coulter. Oh well, no great loss!

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